Using Augmented Reality for Spine Surgery

Augmented reality (AR) can help patients better understand their spine diagnosis while also assisting neurosurgeons with planning surgeries. By fusing an MRI and CT scan together, a virtual 3D model can be created and viewed using special AR goggles. The model can be rotated or manipulated by the surgeon to demonstrate to a patient what needs to be done, as well as the benefits and risks of the surgery. Surgeons can also use this model to practice and plan on patient-specific anatomy to tailor their surgical approach for that patient.

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Jeremy Steinberger, MD.

Jeremy Steinberger, MD

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Mount Sinai Health System

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